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Managing Projects in Africa: Essentials from the Project Management Journal

Book Description

This special issue of the Project Management Journal presents a collection of six articles on managing projects in Africa. Providing a window into the important project activity taking place there, these articles extend both the empirical and theoretical understanding of the African project context and contribute to improving practice. Each article makes a unique contribution to either our understanding of the African project context or project management in general, and sometimes to both.

After an introduction to the African project context at the start of the 21st century, the articles explore:

  • three different countries as well as multinational projects;

  • for-profit, public sector, and development aid projects;

  • infrastructure and information and communication technology;

  • project governance as well as project management; and

  • partnering challenges.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright page
  3. From the Editors
    1. Africa’s Project Context at the Start of the 21st Century
    2. Summary of Articles
    3. Contributions
    4. References
  4. Project Management Trilogy Challenges in Africa—Where to From Here?
    1. Introduction
    2. Background to PM Trilogy Challenges
    3. Addressing PM Trilogy Challenges—Where to From Here?
    4. Conclusion
    5. References
  5. Linking Policies to Projects: The Key to Identifying the Right Public Investment Projects
    1. Introduction
    2. The Research
    3. Projects in Developing Countries
    4. What Links Policies to the Right Projects?
    5. Improving Governance of Public Investment Projects in Developing Countries
    6. Factors That Could Affect the Implementation of a Project Governance System in Developing Countries
    7. How Are the Right Projects Identified Through a Project Governance System?
    8. Conclusion
    9. References
  6. Project Management for Development in Africa: Why Projects Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
    1. Introduction
    2. What Are International Development Projects?
    3. Project Management in International Development
    4. International Development Project Management Problems and Traps
    5. International Development Project Management Problems
    6. International Development Project Management Traps
    7. Contribution of Project Management to International Development
    8. An Agenda for Action
    9. An Agenda for Research
    10. Conclusion
    11. References
  7. Managing Political Risks of Chinese Contracted Projects in Libya
    1. Introduction
    2. Literature Review
    3. Contracted Projects as China’s Major Presence in the Libyan Economy
    4. Political Risks in Libya
    5. The Political Risk Assessment in Libya for Chinese Contracted Projects Since the Crisis Erupted
    6. Countermeasures of Chinese Contracted Projects to the Libyan Crisis and the Effects of Political Risks on Chinese Constructors
    7. Conclusion
    8. References
  8. Governance of Public Investment Projects in Ethiopia
    1. Introduction
    2. Context and Economic Development in Ethiopia
    3. Literature Review
    4. The Research
    5. Research Design and Procedure
    6. Data and Analysis
    7. Results and Discussion
    8. Conclusion
    9. References
    10. Appendix
  9. Project Management Training Curricula at South African Public Universities: Is the Balanced Demand of the Profession Sufficiently Accommodated?
    1. Introduction
    2. Background to the EPSRC Study and Other Related Literature
    3. Research Methodology
    4. Research Results
    5. Discussion
    6. How Can Curriculum Changes Ensure That the Training of Project Managers in South Africa Sufficiently Accommodates the Balanced Demand of the Profession?
    7. Possibilities for Further Research
    8. References
  10. Cover to Cover
    1. Fundamentals of Project Management, Fourth Edition
    2. Increasing Project Flexibility: The Response Capacity of Complex Projects
    3. Business Driven Project Portfolio Management: Conquering the Top 10 Risks that Threaten Success
    4. Project Success: Critical Factors and Behaviours
  11. Calendar of Events
    1. September 2012
    2. October 2012
    3. November 2012
    4. SeminarsWorld® Events
    5. PMI-Supported Events in the Latin America and Asia Pacific Regions
  12. Project Management Journal Guidelines
    1. Authors’ Guidelines
    2. Avoid Use of Commercialism
    3. Editing Your Paper
    4. Manuscript Format/Style
    5. References, Footnotes, Tables, Figures, and Appendices
    6. Graphics and Illustrations
    7. Submission Policy
    8. Review Process